Car firm flies Red Flag against Audi and BMW

Chinese luxury brand Red Flag shows its latest limousine, an update of one used for official events by the late Chairman Mao Zedong. Photo: EPA

Chairman Mao Zedong's Red Flag cars go on sale to the public today after a US$300 million overhaul, pitting the symbol of Communist privilege against Audi and BMW for the mainland's elite.

Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 4:33am

PetroChina's Kunlun invests billions as cars are converted to gas

Kunlun aims to increase sales by 30 per cent annually. Photo: Xinhua

Kunlun Energy, PetroChina's gas distribution and infrastructure unit, plans to invest HK$22 billion this year building gas pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing plants, as more petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles are converted to run on natural gas.

21 May 2013 - 4:53am

Geely roars past its sales growth target

Geely is keen to speed up export growth over fears that a cap on new car registrations on the mainland may be widened. Photo: Xinhua

Sales at mainland carmaker Geely Automobile in the first four months of this year are already well ahead of its target growth rate, the company said, and it predicted a strong second half as long as the government did not further limit new car sales.

17 May 2013 - 6:28am

Audi leaves luxury rivals trailing in China sales

An Audi RS7 gets plenty of attention at the Shanghai car show last month. Audi's China sales rose 13 per cent for the month. Photo: AFP

Audi deliveries rose 13 per cent to 38,710 vehicles on the mainland and in Hong Kong in April, the company said on its website. Bayerische Motoren Werke, the world's largest luxury carmaker, reported an 11 per cent gain to 30,311 units in China, the firm said on its website. Daimler's Mercedes-Benz said sales increased 11 per cent to 16,241 units on the mainland and in Hong Kong.

16 May 2013 - 4:38am

Selfish car owners should be taught a costly lesson

John Tsang Chun-wah. Photo: David Wong

We can't ban them, but nothing says we can't hit them hard. So why aren't we doing it? We have a gutless government. Tiny, overcrowded and polluted Hong Kong now has more than 500,000 private cars clogging our narrow streets.

That's outrageous when we have one of the world's best transport systems. Nobody needs a car here. Hongkongers own cars just for the sake of it.

8 May 2013 - 5:13am 9 comments

Bicycles part of the transport solution

Bicycles part of the transport solution

Hong Kong boasts some of the world's most efficient and cleanest public transport systems. Given how small our city is compared to many major world cities, there is rarely a real need to own a car.

6 May 2013 - 2:55am 5 comments

Motoring: Infiniti concept car

Designer Kei Kyu and the Essence concept car, the DNA of Infiniti's future models. Photo: Jonathan Wong

To mark its 20th anniversary four years ago, Japanese carmaker Infiniti unveiled a concept car intended to embody the very essence of its design philosophy - the DNA to be instilled in all future models.

3 May 2013 - 5:17am 1 comment

China bans military licence plates on luxury cars

Soldiers at a People's Liberation Army unit in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province, display new and old military vehicle licence plates. Photo: Xinhua

Under a new registration system, all military vehicles must be given new car plates by Wednesday, and blacklisted sedans include those made by Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lincoln, Cadillac, Bentley, Jaguar and Porsche, as well as the Volkswagen Phaeton, according to a ministry website.

29 Apr 2013 - 8:10am 6 comments

Nissan says China sales to recover in three months despite island dispute

Nissan sells about one in four of the cars it makes in China.

Nissan Motor, the Japanese carmaker that sells the most cars in China, expects sales in the world's largest car market to rebound within three months, as demand for Japanese-branded vehicles recovers.

5 Apr 2013 - 5:10am

Brilliance Auto expects sales to soar

Brilliance chairman Wu Xiaoan is confident about luxury car growth.

Brilliance Auto, BMW's partner in China, expects sales to jump 24.34 per cent this year to 200,000 units despite health concerns over its cars. Allegations about the use of cancer-causing car components have plagued BMW and its German rivals, including Audi and Mercedes-Benz, since they were raised by a media report earlier this month.

28 Mar 2013 - 6:31am

VW faces US$600m bill over recall

A Volkswagen Passat drives along a busy street in downtown Shanghai. Photo: Reuters

Volkswagen recalled almost 400,000 vehicles on the mainland to replace defective gearboxes that may result in loss of power, in a move that may cost Europe's largest carmaker more than US$600 million.

21 Mar 2013 - 5:07am

Spring Airlines to offer passenger cars in its in-flight catalogue

Spring Airlines wants to turn its planes into flying car showrooms.

Spring Airlines, the Shanghai-based budget carrier, is poised to include passenger cars in its in-flight shopping catalogue alongside the perfumes and watches, as it cashes in on well-paid frequent travellers.

12 Mar 2013 - 4:44am

Big spender's guide to Hong Kong

Pamela Ho Sau-ying, her husband Felix Kwok and their daughter Vanessa. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Everyone knows Hong Kong is an expensive town. But you might be surprised by the total costs for even generic expenditure, such as owning a dog. The cost of owning a car or raising a child takes things to another, stratospheric, level altogether. The following is not for the timid. Money is earned and it must be spent.

25 Feb 2013 - 2:14am

Self-driving car is tested by scientists in UK

The self-driving car developed by Google. Photo: NYT

The new system has been installed in a Nissan Leaf electric car and tested at up to 64km/h on private roads around the university. Researchers hope the cost of the system can be brought down to £100 (HK$1,200) and it can be fitted to existing models.

17 Feb 2013 - 3:28am

Our good fortune in meeting Mr Luk

Tai Lam Tunnel. Photo: Sam Tsang

If you blow a tyre in the middle of fast-moving traffic, there is no better place for that to happen than inside the Tai Lam Tunnel.

12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am 6 comments